Investment Management Certificate (IMC)

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Exam Prep Learning towards the CFA Investment Management Certificate (IMC) from Risk Reward


Investment Management Certificate (IMC)

Risk Reward is delighted to be able to offer Investment Management Certificate (IMC) exam preparation courses through our strategic partnership with Quartic.

The IMC, administered by CFA Society UK, is one of the most widely recognised financial qualifications in the UK and is an approved threshold competency examination by the Financial Conduct Authority. Currently held by over 15,000 professionals, the IMC is the investments industry’s entry level benchmark qualification for the investment professions.

IMC candidates come from a diverse background and the IMC is generally considered appropriate for anyone entering an investment-related role. The IMC also provides the ideal foundation for those with future plans for the CFA® Program, as IMC candidates cover some 30% of the CFA Level I curriculum.

There are two units, Investment Environment (IE) and Investment Practice (IP), which are assessed separately. IE focuses mainly on regulations, whereas IP explores different asset classes and mathematical concepts.

You will learn about the financial markets, regulations, accounting, economics and financial.

IE Syllabus

  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Ethics
  • Regulation and legal concepts
  • Client Advice
  • Taxation

IP Syllabus

  • Quantitative methods
  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Asset classes
  • Investment theory

What are the benefits?

  • Full recognition in the industry
  • Foundation for careers in the investment profession
  • Intellectual challenge
  • Contributes to qualification requirements for retail investment advisors
  • Excellent introduction into financial exams
  • Highlights commitment to ethical standards


The IMC is examined using computer-based testing, and testing occurs throughout the working week at test centres across the UK, run by Pearson VUE.

The exam format is a mix between standard multiple choice, item sets and gap-fill style questions. IE has 85 questions, with a 1 hour 40-minute time limit. IP has 105 questions, with a 2-hour 20-minute time limit.

No formal prerequisites are required. However, if you come from a non-financial background, it is recommended to consider taking an introductory Mathematics of Banking & Finance course or the ICAEW CFAB Accounting course before you start your studies.

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The IMC exam preparation courses are delivered by a team of Quartic tutors who are all subject experts in finance and investment, providing Risk Reward with a wide range of skills and experience that combine significant practical industry experience with academic expertise.

IMC exam preparation courses can be studied via online e-Learning or a blended combination of e-Learning and face-to-face classroom training.

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